Everyone needs a home – but sometimes you have to bend the rules to get one.
Co-Produced by Cardboard Citizens, Coventry UK City of Culture, and Belgrade Theatre.
Based on a true story from the 1970s, this new musical tells the story of the creation of the world’s first ‘estate agency for squatters’ and the foundation of the nation of Frestonia. A heart-warming story of making community, DIY bands and radical activism, enlivened by a chorus of Coventry citizens who have experienced homelessness.
Directed by Cardboard Citizens’ founding Artistic Director, Adrian Jackson, it is based on an original story by the late activist, poet and playwright Heathcote Williams and adapted (book and lyrics) by Sarah Woods, with music by former lead guitarist of the ground-breaking collective Chumbawamba, Boff Whalley. The cast will unite a professional cast with a chorus of Coventry citizens with lived experience of homelessness; further details on this will be announced this summer.
This show-stopping, new musical is part of Cardboard Citizens in Coventry, which includes our Cardboard Camps residency. This bespoke arts programme will discover and challenge the issues local people experiencing homelessness face, culminating in a separate performance this July.
The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency and Cardboard Camps will fill The Belgrade with do-it-yourself positivity that shows that real change is really possible.